Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing during WonderLab’s special event Night at the Museum: Moon Landing Anniversary Party on Saturday, July 20 from 6 – 8 p.m at the museum. 

“The moon landing is a huge, historically significant accomplishment,” said Sarah Lynn Wells, WonderLab’s Adult and Secondary Education Specialist. “We are transforming the whole museum to celebrate!”

Guests will be able to create their own stomp rockets, travel to the moon using virtual reality, learn about craters on the moon, see sun spots (if the weather permits) and many more.

Art and craft enthusiasts will have the opportunity to create space themed crafts including solar system hats, pocket solar system and moon paintings. In addition, visitors can learn about how to survive on the moon.

WonderLab is partnering with Indiana University (IU) Astronomy department, Indiana Geological and Water Survey and Spring Mill State Park. The IU Astronomy department is providing outdoor activities including a simple solarscope (weather permitting). The Indiana Geological & Water Survey and the IU Dept of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are bringing a hands-on meteorite activity. 

Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom, the second American in space was born in Mitchell, Indiana. He served in Project Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Spring Mill State Park staff will have a display about his inspiring life’s work and as well as detailed information about the space program.

Night at the museum event tickets are $10 per person for members and $12 per person for non-members. This event will have free pizza and cookies! Activities will be appropriate for all ages. Purchase tickets on-line now. 

WonderLab is an award-winning science museum located at 308 W. Fourth St. on the B-Line Trail in Bloomington, Indiana. The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5: p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $9, and children younger than one are free. For more information call (812) 337-1337, or go online to wonderlab.org or WonderLab’s Facebook page.